Field Test: Aether’s New Riding Apparel

From autobahns in Germany to highways in California, we put the brand's gear to the test

Although style is subjective and typically way down on the list of priorities when it comes to motorcycle apparel, it’s still something riders take into consideration. In recent years, being forced into a decision between style and safety has become less common, courtesy of brands like Aether Apparel. What started as a high-end sportswear brand offering only six jackets has grown into a fully fledged …

100+ Years of Indian Motorcycles

Riding their 2020 offerings, we find the century-old motorbike brand continues to deliver

Founded in 1897, the Hendee Manufacturing Company would produce bicycles under the name “American Indian” and then simply “Indian.” The brand then assumed the name Indian Motorcycle Co in 1901 and launched a prototype and two production units. They began to sell motorcycles to the general public in 1902, and one year later co-founder Oscar Hedstrom set the then motorcycle world speed record of 56mph. In …

BMW’s Retro-Influenced Concept R18

With a clean silhouette and classic inspiration, a motorbike for the digital age

While the weekend of events that make up the Conc at Villa d’Este and Villa Erba are predominantly car-centric, motorcycles are certainly given their due. In addition to their own display area and Concours competition at Villa Erba, two-wheeled machinery is honored annually by BMW Motorrad with the unveiling of a new concept bike. This year, that bike was the stunning Concept R18, designed by …